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2007 Resources of the Week

December 30, 2007 - January 5, 2008

Nonprofit Law Resource Library

The Nonprofit Law Resource Library is maintained by Hurwit & Associates, a law firm based in Newton, Massachusetts. The firm represents over four hundred nonprofit and philanthropic organizations based in twenty-three states and sixteen countries. This law firm has a national specialty in nonprofit governance. The Nonprofit Law Resource Library has links to all states' charity oversight divisions and the rules for working in those states. There is also an excellent collection of templates for by-laws and articles of incorporation, sample organizational charts, board policies and more. Go to: www.hurwitassociates.com. The Nonprofit Law Resource Library can be found at the left margin.
 

December 23 - 29, 2007

DataPlace

DataPlace is designed to serve as a one-stop source for housing and demographic data. The site not only assembles a variety of data sets from multiple sources, but it also provides tools and guides to assist you in analyzing, interpreting, and applying the data so you can make more informed decisions. DataPlace provides easy access to data at geographic scales ranging from the neighborhood to the nation. The site currently contains data from the 1990 and 2000 Censuses (demographic, economic, housing, and social characteristics), Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (home mortgage applications and loans), Section 8 Expiring Use database (neighborhood- and property-level data on federally assisted housing at risk of loss), and Consolidated Plan special tabulations (data on housing needs by household income level). DataPlace's data library will expand in the coming months to include information on topics such as business establishments from the Census Bureau's ZIP Business Patterns database and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit developments from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. DataPlace is a KnowledgePlex® initiative sponsored by the Fannie Mae Foundation. KnowledgePlex® is an online resource serving affordable housing and community development professionals.  Go to: www.dataplace.org
 

December 16 - 22, 2007

The Citizen's Guide to Lobbying Congress

A Citizen's Guide to Lobbying by Donald E deKieffer provides an important perspective on lobbying and commendably demystifies the actual process of lobbying. Aside from offering step by step lobbying tips, deKieffer’s book not only dedicates an entire chapter to additional lobbying resources but it also gives readers ten commandments for more effective lobbying, guidance on when a professional lobbyist should be sought as well as savvy tips for when/if things go wrong.  While the book focuses on lobbying Congress, most of the information is useful for state and local efforts as well. It is not limited to charities and religious organizations, so these groups should avoid tips that involve supporting or opposing candidates for office. Go to: www.npaction.org
 

December 9 - 15, 2007

Wilder Collaboration Factors Inventory

This inventory was designed by the Amherst Wilder Foundation as a tool to assess the factors that influence the success of a collaboration. Twenty such factors have been identified, and you will be provided with summary scores for each of these factors upon completion of the inventory. Go to: surveys.wilder.org
 

December 2 - 8, 2007

Volunteer Management Resource Library

The Volunteer Management Resource Library, hosted by Susan Ellis and the Energize, Inc. website, is organized by subject and each subject page provides Online Bookstore links, free articles or excerpts, free electronic books or guides, as well as an annotated list of Web sites with more material on the subject. This is the most comprehensive – and up to date – resource of its kind available. Go to: www.energizeinc.com
 

November 25 - December 1, 2007

Volunteer Management Resource Library

The Volunteer Management Resource Library, hosted by Susan Ellis and the Energize, Inc. website, is organized by subject and each subject page provides Online Bookstore links, free articles or excerpts, free electronic books or guides, as well as an annotated list of Web sites with more material on the subject. This is the most comprehensive – and up to date – resource of its kind available. Go to: www.energizeinc.com
 

November 25 - December 1, 2007

Participatory Action Research

In many evaluations, program beneficiaries are rarely involved. Participatory action research provides a way to do so, engaging all parties in all aspects of an evaluation, from defining the problem to gathering and analyzing data to preparing recommendations. In this guide, part of a series on evaluation techniques prepared by GrantCraft, you will learn about a unique evaluation method and how contributors have used it to evaluate programs in agriculture, early childhood development, and immigration. Highlights include:

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Ensuring a rigorous approach and objective results

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Developing trusting partnerships as part of an evaluation

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Building the conditions for a successful participatory action research evaluation

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Two mini-case studies
 

Downloading this guide and other learning tools takes a brief one-time registration. From there on all materials may be downloaded without cost. Go to: www.grantcraft.org. A companion slide show is available at www.grantcraft.org
 

November 18 - 24, 2007

Stakeholder Analysis Tool

Your nonprofit is "owned" by your stakeholders—your clients, the community you serve, your volunteers, and host of others. Do you know what they think? Do you know the best ways to motivate them when you need their support? A stakeholder analysis will help get you there. The Fieldstone Alliance offers a Stakeholder Analysis Tool adapted from Marcia Avner’s book The Lobbying and Advocacy Handbook for Nonprofit Organizations, that you can use to gather and assess data from constituents. The Stakeholder Analysis tool is one of many great tools in Marcia's book. It has become widely used not just by people involved in lobbying, but by any group wishing to understand, influence, and mobilize its constituents. The tool will also prove useful as part of information gathering and analysis to support strategic planning efforts. Go to: www.fieldstonealliance.org
 

November 11 - 17, 2007

New Audit Standards Podcast

Two new auditing standards directly impact those charged with a nonprofit’s governance. Andy Holman talks with Pat Wyzbinski of the Nonprofit Management Fund about why an organization engages in an audit, the changing auditor/organization relationship, and how the new standards have redefined how and about what an auditor issues an opinion. Andy Holman is a partner at the accounting firm Ritz, Holman, Butala, Fine LLP and an adjunct professor in nonprofit accounting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Go to: www.smallpackageproductions.com/BoardStar. When you visit the site, you can subscribe to BoardStar: On Being Board, free weekly podcasts about matters of interest to nonprofit Board Directors.
 

November 4 - 10, 2007

Harvard Business School Working Knowledge Newsletter

The Harvard Business School publishes HBS Working Knowledge, a weekly newsletter available at no charge. The newsletter offers information from the Harvard Business School to help you run your organization better, announcements of special programs offered by the School, the latest in management-related books and Web sites, and an ongoing provocative dialogue with Professor Jim Heskett. Articles specific to nonprofit organizations are frequently included. If you would like to receive this e-mail newsletter each Monday, simply submit your e-mail address here: workingknowledge.hbs.edu.

Once your subscription begins, be sure to click on "Social Enterprise" in the left column for past articles on nonprofit topics.
 

October 28 - November 3, 2007

Leadership Transition Resources

The Texas Commission on the Arts has compiled a number of leadership transition resources including: information on upcoming trends around retiring baby boomers and how that demographic shift will impact your organization’s staff, board, donor base, and audience; information about the next generation of leaders including ideas on how to attract and retain them; tools to assess how ready your organization is ready for the next generation; ideas for developing new arts leaders; an overview on leadership transitions; tools to assess why the last leader left; a list of steps to take to ensure a successful transition; tips and common mistakes to avoid around transitions; information on the board’s role in leadership changes; things to consider when the organization’s founder leaves; basic information for starting off the new director on the right path; sample forms and questions for exit interviews; survey for identifying the characteristics wanted in a new leader; sample interview materials; sample evaluation forms; sample emergency and succession plans; and more. Go to: www.arts.state.tx.us
 

October 21 - 27, 2007

Nonprofit Literature Blog

This blog periodically spotlights key books, pamphlets, articles, and other resources that have been acquired at the Foundation Center Libraries. The blog has links to a number of other resources. For daily updates of new items, you can subscribe to the Catalog of Nonprofit Literature RSS feed. Go to: cnl-librarian.blogspot.com
 

October 14 - 20, 2007

Boardstar Podcast: Founder’s Syndrome

It is not unusual for the identity of a founder to be tied very closely to the identity of his or her organization, but difficulties can arise when, over time, those identities are not individuated. In addition to her renowned work with organizational lifecycles, Susan Kenny Stevens has studied nonprofit founders and is herself a founder. She talks with Pat Wyzbinski of the Nonprofit Management Fund about the nature of founder’s syndrome and the challenges Boards face in governing a organization run by its founder. Susan Kenny Stevens is the senior consultant at LarsonAllen Public Service Group. Go to: www.smallpackageproductions.com. You can subscribe to the podcast series through the iTUNES store for free and receive automatic notices whenever a new episode is posted.
 

October 7 - 13, 2007

Nonprofit Fundraising Web Resources

This extensive listing of over 560 resources, prepared by Jon Harrison, Funding Center Supervisor of the Michigan State University Libraries, is intended as a starting point for those who are interested in learning more about foundations, fundraising, proposal writing, philanthropy and philanthropists, corporate philanthropy, international philanthropy, government funding, nonprofit organizations, nonprofit organization administration, planned giving, prospect research, and voluntarism, but only want to look at resources available on the web. All of the linked have been recently checked  by Harrison’s staff to assure that they are not broken. Go to: www.lib.msu.edu
 

September 30 - October 6, 2007

Visionary Board Leadership Assessment

One of the most reliable ways the board can strengthen its performance as a governing body is to periodically assess its own performance. The Visionary Board Leadership Assessment developed by Frank Martinelli of the Center for Public Skills Training focuses on 25 qualities and competencies and characteristics which, when taken together, delineate the profile of an effective future focused board. The results of the assessment will be used to develop action plans to strengthen the visionary leadership capacity of your board. Go to: www.createthefuture.com
 

September 23 - 29, 2007

Staying Engaged, Stepping Up: Succession Planning and Executive Transition Management for Nonprofit Boards of Directors

Staying Engaged, Stepping Up by Tom Adams is the fifth volume of a monograph series on executive transitions and executive transition management, funded by the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Family Fund and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In the first section,” Getting Ready: First Steps,” you’ll find an organizational self-assessment to give you a sense of how prepared you are to face a transition. This is coupled with an action plan that sets out a full year’s worth of activities, broken into manageable pieces. The next two sections of the monograph,” Getting Ready to Go: Succession Planning” and “Good Endings, New Beginnings: Executive Transition Management,” describe the basics of preparing for a leadership change. This includes the up front work of succession planning before a leader leaves, as well as executive transition management, an approach to managing the risks and amplifying the possibilities associated with the actual transition period itself. The monograph also includes a set of resources that can help you learn more about these topics and help you on the way to preparing for your next transition and for strengthening your organization and its vital work. To download as a .pdf file, go to: www.transitionguides.com
 

September 16 - 22, 2007

Verizon Foundation Resource Center

The Verizon Foundation Resource Center offers a unique suite of online tools that give nonprofit managers access to best-in-class national training partners and business resources. The Resource Center's mission is to leverage the power of network technology to help local and national nonprofit organizations enhance their management capabilities in order to increase their capacity to create sustainable positive change. Tools are available in six topic areas: planning, technology, communications, fundraising, recruitment, and evaluation. Go to: foundation.verizon.com
 

September 9 - 15, 2007

The Law Portal

Developed with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the goal of the Law Portal is to present legal primers on matters that affect the arts, artists and arts institutions. Some materials may be of use to those involved with other types of nonprofits. Go to: www.thelawportal.info
 

September 2 - 8, 2007

A Capital Projects Primer

This booklet is written for nonprofit leaders, individual donors, foundation and corporate leaders, and anyone concerned with nonprofit space needs. It will assist you with the predevelopment phase of a capital project, as well as thinking through the planning and financing options. If you are a community benefit corporation staff or board leader, this booklet will help you understand the basics of capital projects. If you are someone considering making a donation or a grant to a nonprofit space project, this booklet will help you think through your options in how to support such a project, and the questions to ask before you decide to do so. To download as a .pdf file, go to: www.compasspoint.org
 

August 26 - September 1, 2007

Toolkit for Developing a Social Purpose Business Plan

Founded in 1986, the Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation (Seedco), a national community development operating intermediary, creates opportunities for low-wage workers and their families by engaging with community partners and anchor institutions to develop, operate and learn from model programs. As part of its Nonprofit Venture Network program, Seedco developed the 'Toolkit for Developing a Social Purpose Business Plan,' a resource for nonprofits that are considering starting a revenue-generating activity or a business venture. Seedco’s business planning web site provides:

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Assessment tools to evaluate your organizational capacity

bullet Step-by-step worksheets to map your market opportunity, business model, competitive advantage and competition
bullet Electronic templates to develop multi-year financial projections
bullet Tools to measure, track and evaluate social outcomes
bullet Sample business plan sections to guide your progress

 Go to: nvn-toolkit.seedco.org
 

August 19 - 25, 2007

The Arts & Economic Prosperity III Calculator

The Arts & Economic Prosperity III Calculator is a free and simple tool that makes it possible for you to estimate the economic impact of your nonprofit arts and culture organization—or even your entire nonprofit arts community—on your local economy. These analyses are based on research findings from the 156 communities and regions that were part of Arts & Economic Prosperity III, Americans for the Arts' national economic impact study of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. To open the Calculator, go to: www.americansforthearts.org
 

August 12 - 18, 2007

Free Online Courses by SBA

Several free online courses are offered by the SBA in the following topic area: Starting a Business, Business Planning, Business Management, Financing & Accounting, Marketing & Advertising, Government Contracting, Risk Management & Cyber Security, and E-Commerce. While some courses will be more relevant to the needs of nonprofits, they are worth checking out. These self-paced courses are easy to use and understand.  Each course takes about 30 minutes to complete. You can exit a course at any time.  Because most of the courses offer audio explanations, it is recommended that your computer speakers be turned on. Before entering a course, you will be prompted to complete an online registration form.  The registration process is simple, asks only a couple of questions and will take less than a minute to complete. Go to: www.sba.gov
 

July 29 - August 11, 2007

Social Innovation Podcast Channel

The Social Innovation Podcasting Channel is an open and collaborative online platform for cross-sector and multidisciplinary learning for social change. Social Innovation Conversations' mission is to expand the reach of important and valuable knowledge to people who otherwise wouldn't have access to it by recording and sharing the spoken words of thought leaders in all sectors and disciplines and offering listeners a multi stakeholder perspective on the world grand challenges and social issues. This free online audio channel delivering conferences, speeches, and interviews from leaders at the forefront of creating social change is co-hosted by Stanford Social Innovation Review editors Eric Nee and Alana Conner. Social Innovation Conversations in an initiative of the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Go to: www.siconversations.org
 

July 22 - 28, 2007

Online Seminars

Idealware provides candid Consumer-Reports-style reviews and articles about software of interest to nonprofits, centralized into a website. Through product comparisons, recommendations, case studies, and software news, Idealware allows nonprofits to make the software decisions that will help them be more effective. Idealware offers a number of technology related seminars designed to give nonprofits the tactical advice they need to make software decisions.  The seminars include all the candid advice and product comparisons of the reports and articles on which they are based, but offer plenty of extra guidance and insights straight from the author.  An internet connection and a phone line to participate. Each of these seminars are only $40 per participant. Recordings of previous seminars are available for $20. For a schedule of upcoming seminars, go to: www.idealware.org/online_seminars
 

July 15 - 21, 2007

Finding the Right ED: Creating and Managing an Effective Search Committee

For many nonprofits, recruiting an executive director (ED) is a challenging experience. And creating a search committee to oversee the recruitment process can seem like a daunting task. What role should the committee play and what makes a good search committee member? How do you go about selecting a search chair and what exactly does a search chair do? Where do recruiting firms fit into the picture? Having an organized, effective search committee is a key factor in the successful recruitment of an ED. This resource produced by Bridgestar will explain both how to create a search committee and how to equip it with the tools necessary to find the right ED for your organization. Go to: www.bridgestar.org/Resources. You will be prompted to register for free access to this report and many other valuable resources. For registration, you can also go directly to: www.bridgestar.org/Membership
 

July 8 - 14, 2007

Google Earth Outreach

According to Google, hundreds of millions of people use Google Earth to explore the world around them. The Google Earth Outreach program can give your nonprofit the knowledge and resource needed to reach their minds and their hearts. As a non-profit or public benefit group, you can use Google Earth to capture the work you're doing, the people you're helping, the challenges you face and the change you're helping to enable - all in the visual context of the environment in which these stories take place. By downloading your KML files, anyone, anywhere can fly in Google Earth from where they live to where you do your work. This virtual visit to the projects and people you support gets users engaged and passionate about what you're doing and builds support for your cause. For more information about Google Earth Outreach and how it might increase the impact of your nonprofit’s work, go to: earth.google.com
 

July 1 - 7, 2007

Guide to State Advocacy

Compiled by NP Action, a project of OMB Watch, the Guide to State Advocacy is a one-stop resource that offers a state by state listing to provide you with the means to locate and correspond with your Congressional delegation, state legislature, statewide elected officials, major media, local officials, key issues and pending legislation. Go to: www.npaction.org
 

June 24 - 30, 2007

Planning Resources

The Ontario Library Service North and the Southern Ontario Library Service have compiled a collection of planning resources. While the focus is on libraries, many of the resources will be useful to any nonprofit organization. The resources are organized into the following categories: general resources; planning process; situational analysis; surveys; mission, vision and values; and sample plans. Go to: www.library.on.ca
 

June 17 - 23, 2007

NFPerspectives Newsletter

The NFPerspectives Newsletter published by Grant Thornton, provides vision and innovation for not-for-profit organizations. Each issues features articles highlighting accounting, financial and business management issues for nonprofit professionals. Go to: www.grantthornton.com
 

June 10 - 16, 2007

Hiring Toolkit: Navigating the Hiring Process

Bridgestar has developed the Hiring Toolkit: Navigating the Hiring Process to help you navigate every aspect of the hiring process. The toolkit breaks the hiring process into five major components:

  1. Defining Needs and the Search Process: How do you begin the process of hiring for your position? This section of the hiring toolkit provides questions to help you scope the position and write a well-constructed job description.

  2. Developing the Candidate Pool: How do you develop an appropriate and diverse panel of candidates? This section discusses how to identify and reach out to networks that will help you develop an appropriately deep candidate pool.

  3. Screening and Interviewing Candidates: How do you evaluate applicants? This section guides you through the process of screening resumes and interviewing candidates, with tips on topics ranging from managing a rush of applications to planning a successful interview.

  4. Finalizing the Choice: How do you close your search with a successful candidate? This section walks you through the process of checking references, extending and negotiating an offer, and saying no to those you did not choose.

  5. Managing the Transition: How do you prepare your new hire for success? This section helps you think through how to integrate your new hire into the organization to ensure a smooth transition.

In addition to detailed commentary on each of these five components, the toolkit includes specific examples of tools Bridgestar uses with clients (e.g., a search timeline, a candidate assessment tool, a list of interview and reference-check questions, a primer on legal issues, etc.). To download as a .pdf file, go to: resources.bridgestar.org
 

June 3 - 9, 2007

To Go Forward, Retreat!

To Go Forward, Retreat! an e-book authored by Sandra Hughes who serves as Executive Consultant to BoardSource, provides nonprofit boards with proven techniques for hosting a retreat. Whether a board is bringing on new members, starting a strategic-planning process or conducting a self-assessment, a retreat presents unparalleled opportunities for progress. The most effective retreats tie the meetings, agenda, and activities clearly to the organization's strategic challenges and goals. “To Go Forward, Retreat,” distills lessons learned from more than 20 years of experience leading retreats and consulting with nonprofit organizations. To download a copy at no charge, go to: www.boardsource.org
 

May 27 - June 2, 2007

Evaluation Tools and Resources

The Planning & Evaluation Resource Center has gathered a number of evaluation tools that vary in complexity. Some are brief, easy to read and understand, and even people who are new to evaluation will be able to use them. Others are much more complex and require an advanced understanding of evaluation concepts. Categories of tools and resources include: Evaluation Planning, Vision, Mission, and Values, Developing Theories of Change and Logic Models, creating Indicators and Benchmarks, Data Collection and Methods, Analyzing Data, Tools for Sharing Findings, and Tools for Modifying Practice. Go to: www.evaluationtools.org
 

May 20 - 26, 2007

The MBA-Nonprofit Connection

The MBA-Nonprofit Connection (MNC) provides a variety of services that help to bring MBA skills and energy to the nonprofit sector while bringing exciting new job opportunities to the business school student/alumni community. The MNC serves as an extension to the career services programs of its partner business schools. MBAs can benefit from the “Advice for Job Seekers” page, or seek one-on-one support in developing a nonprofit career search through personalized career advising. Nonprofit organizations can recruit graduates from leading schools of business and management through the job posting service. Go to: mnc.nonprofitoffice.com
 

May 13 - 19, 2007

Calculating the Economic Impact of Volunteers

How can a realistic economic value be put on volunteer time? By putting a value in what volunteers do at the task level. The Economic Impact of Volunteers Calculator created by the Points of Light Foundation makes this possible. It estimates the appropriate wage rate for volunteer time based on what the person does, the value of specific tasks according to market conditions as reported by the US Department of Labor. Organizations can use the Calculator to determine the value of the time their volunteers give doing a wide variety of volunteer jobs. To use the calculator, search for the job description using the drop-down menu box. Then enter the number of hours given by all volunteers performing that particular task. Repeat this task until all volunteer positions have been entered. The system automatically calculates the totals for each job category and for the total across all volunteer jobs. Go to: www.pointsoflight.org
 

May 6 - 12, 2007

AFP Resource Center

Drawing from dozens of publications and backed by the power of the Internet, the AFP Resource Center provides research assistance on fundraising issues and best practices. An extensive library of Frequently Asked Questions is organized according to the following categories: grants and grant proposal writing, internet fundraising, case for support and case statements, donor gifts, contribution dates for year-end gifts, deductibility of membership dues, evaluating fundraising costs, fundraising salaries, planned giving terminology, form 990 rules and more. Go to: www.afpnet.org
 

April 29 - May 5, 2007

Stanford Social Innovation Review Ask an Expert Service

Stanford Social Innovation Review and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Consulting Team (ACT) have teamed up to form a new pro-bono service which provides answers to questions you have about managing nonprofits. They provide three ways for you to get your questions answered: you can pose a question to their team of experts from ACT, browse their inventory of previously-asked questions and answers, or visit the Ask ACT knowledge management site for additional advice on these subjects. Go to: www.ssireview.org
 

April 22 - 28, 2007

Effective and Promising Practices

The New York State Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) has added an Effective and Promising Practices page to its website. The purpose of this page is to provide resources for service providers and all stakeholders involved in programs to improve outcomes for children and families. It provides valuable information for providing effective evidence-based programs, developing and measuring outcomes, research on effective practices, and implementation issues.  Go to: www.ocfs.state.ny.us
 

April 15 - 21, 2007

Resources for Engaging in the Policy Process

The National Council of Nonprofit Associations has assembled a collection of resources on nonprofit advocacy and public policy. The resources are organized in the following categories: Advocacy Stories & Strategies, Strengthening (or Starting!) Your Policy Program, Engaging in Advocacy & Lobbying, Election Cycle Activities, and Additional Resources. Included in the “Strengthening (or Starting!) Your Policy Program” section is the Building Capacity for Public Policy Tool Kit, one of the best resources available for nonprofits that want to get serious about advocacy and public policy work. Go to: www.ncna.org
 

April 8 - 14, 2007

Business Planning for Nonprofits

The Bridgespan Group has assembled an excellent set of resources on business planning for nonprofits. In “Business Planning for Nonprofits,” Bridgespan draws on client experience to illustrate the key components of the business-planning process. Companion pieces include articles that delve deeper into selected facets of the process; case studies that help bring business planning to life; and sample plans that illustrate different formats for the resulting product. You may be prompted to register to access this resource. It’s free and you’ll be able to tap into one of the very best websites for nonprofits. Go to: www.bridgespan.org
 

April 1 - 7, 2007

A Few Good Email Newsletter Tools

Fully updated in March 2007, "A Few Good E-Mail Newsletter Tools" provides an excellent review of major options available to nonprofits wishing to utilize online newsletter tools. Maybe you want to send fancy eNewsletters, or maybe just text action alerts. Perhaps you’re hoping for a tool that can send emails to tens of thousands of people, or perhaps just a few hundred. Maybe you need something that can integrate with your offline database, customize the content for large donors, send emails to tailored segments of your list, or allow custom eNewsletter templates. This guide and several others have been developed by Idealware, an organization that provides candid Consumer-Reports-style reviews and articles about software of interest to nonprofits, centralized into a website. Through product comparisons, recommendations, case studies, and software news, Idealware allows nonprofits to make the software decisions that will help them be more effective. For the newsletter guide and other valuable resources, go to: www.idealware.org
 

March 25 - 31, 2007

Collaborative Capacity Instrument

The Collaborative Capacity Instrument is a tool intended to be used as a self-assessment by alcohol and other drug (AOD) service and child welfare service (CWS) agencies and dependency courts who are preparing to work with each other or who may be seeking to move to a new level of cooperation after some initial efforts. The questions have been designed to elicit discussion among and within both sets of agencies and the court about their readiness for closer work with each other. There are two versions, one for persons working at the statewide level, the other for those at the local level. The approach of this assessment tool could be adapted in whole or in part for other collaborative efforts. Go to: www.aodsystems.com
 

March 18 - 24, 2007

Sample Volunteer Job Descriptions  

The Community Services Council of Newfoundland and Labrador whose mission is to encourage citizen engagement, has created an excellent resource for the development of volunteer job descriptions. To learn more about creating job descriptions for volunteers,  go to: www.envision.ca.

To view a variety of sample volunteer job descriptions to help determine the type of volunteer you are looking for, go to: www.envision.ca. Then to create volunteer job descriptions, you can use an interactive template. You can view your job descriptions online, print them or email them, go to: www.envision.ca
 

March 11 - 17, 2007

NTEN Webinar Events 

NTEN, the Nonprofit Technology Network hosts many events each year on topics related to nonprofit technology. You can learn about and register for all of upcoming webinars as well as information and materials from events held in the past. A sampling of topics include: Getting Started With Online Donation Tools, Telling More Compelling Stories: How video can engage more people online, Technology Essentials for Nonprofit Managers, Four Ways for Nonprofits to Use Blogs, Choosing an eNewsletter Tool, IT Budgets that Don't Bite: A Template for IT Budgeting, 10 Mistakes in Choosing Donor Databases, TXT for Change: Mobile Messaging for Advocacy, and much more. Go to: nten.org/events/webinar
 

March 4 - 10, 2007

Good to Great Diagnostic Tool

Based on his book Good to Great, Jim Collins's Good to Great Diagnostic Tool is for entrepreneurs and organization leaders who are working to improve their professional performance. This tool offers set of worksheets covering four major areas: disciplined people, disciplined thought, disciplined action, and building greatness to last.  Go to: www.jimcollins.com
 

February 25 - March 3, 2007

Social Innovation Podcasting Channel

The Social Innovation Podcasting Channel is an open and collaborative online platform for cross-sector and multidisciplinary learning for social change. Social Innovation Conversations' mission is to expand the reach of important and valuable knowledge to people who otherwise wouldn't have access to it by recording and sharing the spoken words of thought leaders in all sectors and disciplines and offering listeners a multi stakeholder perspective on the world grand challenges and social issues. Social Innovation Conversations in an initiative of the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  Social Innovation Conversations is part of the Conversations Network, an online platform for podcast distribution. Go to: www.siconversations.org
 

February 18 - 24, 2007

Using Real-Time Communications with Volunteers

“Using Real-Time Communications With Volunteers" provides more information in very down-to-earth language on using these real-time computer, audio and video tools with volunteers: what the various tools are, how agencies are using them to interact with volunteers, and tips to encourage and maintain participation in synchronous communications. This resource will be of special interest for those who wish to learn more about real-time communications via the Internet but are not "techies". Go to: www.coyotecommunications.com
 

February 11 - 17, 2007

Four Steps to Selecting Donor Management Software

This highly useful toolkit includes a recommended selection process, and overview of some of the available tools, and a number of useful worksheets - a feature checklist, process map templates, a functional requirement worksheet, and more - to help organizations pick a donor database. Go to: www.npowerseattle.org
 

February 4 - 10, 2007

Click Here for Change: Your Guide to the E-Advocacy Revolution

Now more than ever, people are coming together—in coalitions or organizations—to harness the power of technology for policy change. This new Internet-based approach to advocacy—electronic advocacy (e-advocacy)—is a multifaceted process that uses an array of technology tools, tailored to specific campaign goals. Produced by PolicyLink, Click Here for Change: Your Guide to the E-Advocacy Revolution cites examples of organizations that have used e-advocacy to reach “hard to reach” communities; organize for mass mobilization; strengthen their offline tactics (such as tabling, rallying, and protest marches); reach out to media; connect to more supporters for online donations; and target decision-makers, rapidly and forcefully, to pass or defeat proposed legislation. In addition to case studies, this report is loaded with technology tips to create an advocacy website, format emails and newsletters for maximum effectiveness, and connect to audiences and enable supporter action. It also examines barriers and opportunities for organizations that want to integrate technology into their communications strategies, and a detailed list of technology vendors. To download a copy as a .pdf file, to go: www.policylink.org
 

January 28 - February 3, 2007

TechAtlas

Managed by NPower, TechAtlas is an online tool that helps nonprofits assess, plan for and manage the technology they need to make an even greater difference in their communities. TechAtlas walks nonprofits through the technology planning process, from creating a vision of how technology could be most effective in their organizations, to assessing and prioritizing their needs, to generating a final report that can be shared with board and staff. Additionally, advanced features of TechAtlas provide tools to manage existing technology more effectively, such as online inventorying, help desk tracking and special assessments. To date, more than 13,000 nonprofits have used TechAtlas to help manage their technology and plan for future needs. Go to: www.npowerpa.org
 

January 21 - 27, 2007

Tools for Dismantling Structural Racism

The Aspen Institute’s Community Roundtable on Community Change Project on Race and Community Building has developed a resource inventory of organizations that have created materials, tools, methodologies, etc. that are potentially useful to community builders working to dismantle structural racism. This inventory includes a list of organizations, along with brief descriptions of their anti-racism tools. Each tool is classified according to type (strategic, analytic, educational, etc.); level (does it address individual-, organizational-, community-, institutional-, or structural-level problems); and domain (education, criminal justice, employment, regionalism, etc.). New additions are made regularly. Go to: www.aspeninstitute.org
 

January 14 - 20, 2007

ForwardThinking Governance Newsletter

ForwardThinking, Grant Thornton’s not-for-profit board governance newsletter, highlights best governance practices for governance of not-for-profit organizations. It also provides board and committee members with timely information on current trends, regulatory proposals and other key matters affecting not-for-profit organizations. Articles in a recent issue include: Next practices: Enhancing fiscal transparency through public disclosure of management letters; Should your audit committee serve as your compliance committee?; and Grant Thornton’s fourth annual Board Governance Survey for Not-for-Profit Organizations. ForwardThinking has been developed in response to the many questions and comments regarding board governance issues, policies and legislation we have received from nonprofit organizations. Go to: www.grantthornton.com
 

January 7 - 13, 2007

Experts Online Webcast Series

Experts Online is a service provided by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). LISC provides these webcasts, in partnership with KnowledgePlex, free of charge as a support and training service to community development practitioners nationwide. Anyone with access to the Internet and a phone can participate in an Experts Online live event from his/her own desk at the scheduled time. Participants will be able to hear the expert(s) speak, view the corresponding visual presentation in real time, and pose written or oral questions to the speaker(s) during the event. Links to past webcasts are also available. Recent training topics include Leadership Series for Board Members - How to Create a Dynamic ED - Board Chair Partnership; Dashboard Dialogue -- Mission Reporting and Financial Management Metrics; HR Handler - Who's Handling Your Human Resources Function? and more. Go to:  www.lisc.org
 

December 31, 2006 - January 6, 2007

Teaching Resource Center

The University of San Francisco International Nonprofit Management Teaching Resource Center (TRC) is a comprehensive source of nonprofit management teaching cases, course syllabi that are available for use by teachers, trainers, consultants, practitioners, and students to enhance the development of nonprofit management education. You may browse and search the educational materials of the TRC. Once you find a teaching case or course syllabus that you would like to use, you may download it, for free, as a PDF. Teaching Cases are narrative accounts of realistic situations in which nonprofit executives. managers, and/or board members are confronted with the need to make a decision in a management context. There are over 120 cases in the TRC, searchable by subject, author, and title. Course Syllabi come from universities around the country and are searchable by instructor, institution, keyword, subject area and course level.  Go to: www.inom-trc.org
 

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